Saturday, 13 December 2014


The North West Arts and Health Network in collaboration with Manchester School of Art,  MA Health & Wellbeing Students, presents a free day event, to share your work in a critically supportive community and find out more about arts/health research and practice.

This event will launch a new Arts for Health paper by Dr Rebecca Gordon-Nesbitt that explores the Long Term Health Benefits of Participating in the Arts, which considers the ways in which our health may be affected by engaging in the arts over a longer period. Rebecca will present this international evidence base, together with a brief summary of the key studies. This research demonstrates a positive association between engagement in high-quality arts activities and life expectancy, disease resistance, mental acuity and even weight maintenance. Delegates at the event will receive a copy of the report. The event will showcase MA students explorations of the field and I hope, some international guests.

Individuals and organisations from the North West are invited to share their own work which will be presented in either a 10 minute presentation followed by a five minute discussion, or 15 minute workshop-style sessions. If you would like to share your work in a supportive environment, please email no more than a 150 word (max) synopsis outlining what you’d like to share, and in what format, to Although we won’t be able to hear from everyone who wants to present their work, we do hope to select a range of practice/contexts, and the day will offer all those present, the opportunity for facilitated open discussion and networking. 

An eventbrite page for registration and an agenda will be set in early January, and participation to this free event is by registration only, which will be advertised on this blog.

Thursday 12th February 2015
10:00am - 3:30pm
Manchester School of Art @ MMU

Artists International Development Fund 
Arts Council England has a £750,000 funding stream for artists to develop links with artists, organisations and/or creative producers in other countries. Freelance and self-employed artists can apply for small grants of £1,000 to £5,000 to spend time building these links to broaden your horizons and open your work to other perspectives. You must have received recognition for your work in England and not have extensive international experience. Your application must also include a letter of support from the overseas partner/host. The deadline for applications is 5pm on the 16th January 2015.

Funding for projects that support children & young people 
Registered Charities that work with young people have the opportunity to apply for grants through the Hilton Foundation Central Grants Programme. Registered Charities can apply for grants ranging from a few hundred pounds up to £30,000 per year for up to 2 years that are working in the areas of education or health with one of the Foundation' four chosen focus groups. These are:
  Children and young people with disabilities
  Children and young people who are sick in hospital
  Children and young people who are homeless
  Children and young people who are life limited
There is approximately £150,000 available to distribute each quarter. Grant applications for up to £10,000 can be approved by the Committee, and applications for more than £10,000 are recommended to the Trustees for final approval. There is no limit on the amount of money that a charity can request. However, the Foundation is a small charity and generally will not make awards of over £30,000 (per year). Funding can be requested for up to 2 years for any particular project. The next closing date for applications is the 10th February 2015. Read more by clicking on the old GREEN TRUNK below.  

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